Level 1

This is the entry point for anyone new to the world of coaching. Whether you are young or old, if you have limited knowledge of coaching or want to provide more support to your club or fishery, then this is the course for you. You must however hold a basic level of angling knowledge and skill in your preferred angling discipline.

Developed by the Angling Trust in association with Coachwise Ltd, the 1st4sport Level 1 Award for Angling Support Coaches is the first qualification on the angling coaching ladder. The qualification is designed to provide learners aged 16 and over with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching angling. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective coaching of angling.

Those who complete this Award will be able to assist more qualified angling coaches to deliver angling coaching sessions to adults and children.  The qualification deals with coaching skills, and all public courses are open to Coarse, Game or Sea anglers.  You don’t need Angling Trust membership to take part, as you will be eligible for a year’s free Coach Licensing after qualification.

There’s now also an online version of the Level 1 coaching course, which you can undertake using free conferencing software.  Click to see more about equipment and technical requirements: What you need for an online Level 1 course

The cost of a Level 1 course is £230, whether it’s an attended event or an online one.  That includes tuition, registration and certification: in addition you’ll be eligible after qualification to take up the first year of coach licensing without  the usual annual fee.

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Getting in touch

Coaching administration is based at the East Midlands office, so please use these contact details:

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Phone — 0115 822 4538

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